Update 9/3/13 8:40 p.m.: According to the evening publication of Tuesday's Local 10 News, officers from the Ft. Lauderdale Police and Broward Animal Care and Control have visited the owners of this dog. The dog is said to be "thin," but happy.
Officers have determined that although the puppy appears to be underweight, the owners have not broken any laws. An officer will be checking on the dog again on Wednesday. Additionally, the owners have been advised to stop tethering their puppy outdoors and to increase the amount of food.
A photo of an emaciated dog in Ft Lauderdale, Fla., has created an outcry from people across the nation.
On Tuesday, the photo of the dog, who appears to be too malnourished to move, was posted on the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Facebook page.
The response from those who viewed the disturbing photo quickly went viral and the local animal control agency has been inundated with call from people as far away as the West coast.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook page which originally posted the disturbing image passed along an update stating that the local news station was en route to the residence on the 1600 block of NE 17th Ave.
Calls to the local animal control agency confirm that humane officers are aware of the situation. Exactly what will be done about the starved dog is unclear at the moment.
Within the past 30 minutes, a local news station has broadcast live from the home where the dog is located, and it is clear that there are numerous people, on site, who are concerned for the welfare of the emaciated dog.
An interview (on video) with a neighbor of the dog's owner reveals that this dog has been neglected for at least two weeks. The woman interviewed has stated that the dog is chained, without food, water or shelter, in the heat and the rain.
Information will be posted as it becomes available.
Update 9/4/13: A great deal has changed in less than 24 hours on this story. Please click here for the latest information on this dog.
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